Member News

2018 Election Winners 

Congratulations to the Society for Cryobiology 2018 election winners for Governor:

  • Rob Ben (re-elected)
  • Estefania Paredes
  • Gang Zhao 

Rob, Estefania, and Gang will begin their three year term as Governor in January 2019. 

To see what these new Governors have in store for the Society, you can re-read their vision statements here.

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Election 2018

Nominations are now open for the 2018 election for 3 governors 2019-2021


The nominations committee is now inviting nominations from all Society members in good standing for the position of Governor 2019-2021. There are 3 posts available. 

Please register your interest in standing for election with Nicole Evans by June 1, 2018. A detailed biography and candidate statement outlining your vision for the Society will be requested thereafter. 

The 2018 nominating committee is: 
Adam Higgins (Chair; President-Elect)
Dayong Gao (President)
Greg Fahy (Governor)
Erik Woods (Governor)
Ido Braslavsky (Governor)

Please note all nominations are subject to approval by the nominations committee. This does not affect your right to nomination by petition as outlined in the society's bylaws

Motion to Adopt Revised Bylaws 

Time is running out to vote in the motion put to all members to revise the Society's bylaws. Voting closes December 31, 2017 at 23:59 ET. 

Read the revised bylaws and the summary of changes

All members in good standing should have received by now several emails with instructions for online voting. If you have not received these emails please check your spam/junk folder and then contact us

The revised bylaws currently before the members are the culmination of approximately three years work, and at least 10 years of discussion by the Board of Governors. The past year in particular has seen outstanding progress by a special bylaws working group chaired by current President, Jason Acker. This group has worked tirelessly alongside Maryland Nonprofits, an association for Maryland nonprofit associations, to update our ageing bylaws, which currently date from 1995.  

The members of the bylaws working group in full are: Jason Acker (chair), Ed Kordoski (Executive Director), Greg Fahy (governor), and Society members Elena Salvaterra, Andy Picken, and Steve Mullen. 

BYLAWS FAQ

Why are we revising the Bylaws? 
The Board of Governors has been discussing revising the Society's bylaws for approximately 10 years. The current revised bylaws are the culmination of approximately 3 years of work, and a large number of people. 

There are a number of reasons why the Board felt this action was necessary: 1) to bring the Society's bylaws into accordance with Maryland law; 2) to simplify the bylaws so operating procedures, which may be subject to change, can be spelled out in policy rather than in the bylaws; 3) to enshrine a fair and equitable voting system for the Society's annual election and make a provision for electronic voting, which was not in use in 1995. 

Why do I have to vote right before Christmas? 
The 2017 governors have the best understanding of the rationale behind and the process of revising the bylaws as they have followed this process for the past 12 months. For this reason they are the most qualified group to put this motion before the membership. On January 1 the members of the Board will change.  















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Governor, Serean Adams, in the News


Serean Adams, pictured at Cawthron Aquaculture Park in Nelson, New Zealand.

Society Governor, Dr. Serean Adams, was in the news after speaking about the future and challenges facing aquaculture at New Zealand's recent industry conference held in Nelson, New Zealand.

Dr. Adams, who completed her PhD under Cryobiology Editor-in-Chief, Prof. David Rawson, is now Aquaculture Group Manager at Cawthron Institute, New Zealand's largest independent science organisation, specialising in science that supports the environment and development within primary industries. 

Read the full article to see what Serean has to say about the future of marine cryobiology. 


Click the image below to view in high res. 

GE Healthcare Purchases Asymptote

GE Healthcare has recently purchased Asymptote. Founder and CEO of Asymptote, John Morris, is a long time member of the Society for Cryobiology. 

From the press release

Asymptote’s integrated suite of cryochain hardware, software and consumables are designed to maintain the potency of cellular therapies enabling ultra-low temperature freezing during production, all the way to thawing at the clinic prior to administering to patients. The acquisition of Asymptote fills a critical gap in GE Healthcare’s end-to-end ecosystem of products and services for cell therapy production, and will be an important piece of the portfolio enabling the industrialization of these life-saving therapies.


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Miao Zhang Defends Thesis 

Student member of the Society for Cryobiology, Miao Zhang, is to defend her thesis on June 23, 2017. During her PhD studies Ms. Zhang received the Society's John K. Critser award for the best extended student abstract in 2015 and the Peter L. Steponkus Crystal award for the best student oral presentation at the Society's meeting in 2016.

Thesis: Towards dry preservation of mammalian cellls
The central aim of this thesis was to test if trehalose can be introduced into mammalian cells during freezing-induced membrane permeabilization and if this subsequently stabilizes cells during freezing and/or freeze-drying. It was hypothesized that membrane-impermeable molecules including trehalose can be loaded into cells through freezing-induced membrane phase transitions. One of the conclusions was that mammalian cells can be loaded with membrane-impermeable compounds (i.e. trehalose) by subjecting the cells to freezing-induced osmotic stress and membrane imperfections. It was shown that trehalose can be used as sole cryoprotectant to cryopreserve cells. Preloading with trehalose via fluid-phase endocytosis did not increase cryosurvival rates if trehalose is also added as extracellular protectant. It is particularly freezing-induced trehalose uptake that facilitates cryosurvival when trehalose is used as the sole cryoprotectant. One other aim was to investigate if freezing-induced uptake of trehalose stabilizes cells during freeze-drying, and to assess the effect of trehalose on storage stability of DNA during freeze-drying and dried storage. No viable cells were recovered after freeze-drying and rehydration. DNA was found to be largely intact directly after freeze-drying. DNA damage in freeze-dried cells progressively increases with storage duration and temperature. DNA damage was prevented by storage of the samples at 4°C. It was shown that trehalose reduces DNA damage during storage.

Biography
Miao Zhang received her education at Southeast University (Nanjing, China) (BE, 2011), after which she completed master's studies at Ulm University (Ulm, Germany) (MSc, 2013). She was accepted in the PhD program ‘Regenerative Sciences’ in 2013 at Hannover Medical School (Hannover, Germany) and conducted her PhD project at the Institute of Multiphase Processes, Leibniz University of Hannover (Hannover, Germany), under the supervision of Dr. Willem Wolkers. 

Searching for Outstanding Individuals 

The Society for Cryobiology established the award and medal of CryoFellow over a decade ago in recognition of members of the society and individuals from the cryobiology community who have had an outstanding impact on the field.

Newly appointed fellows are presented with the prestigious Basile. J. Luyet medal at the annual meeting the Society for Cryobiology in recognition of their services to cryobiology. Recent Fellows have included Greg Fahy and John Bischof (2016) and Kenneth Diller (2015). 

The Fellow Committee is now inviting annual nominations of outstanding individuals to be considered as Fellows of the Society for Cryobiology.

CryoFellows are awarded this prestigious status in recognition of:



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Peter Mazur Memorial Website 

Fritz Kleinhans has recently unveiled a memorial website for the late Peter Mazur. Fritz has invited members of the Society for Cryobiology to submit photographs or remembrances for inclusion on the site. 

Peter Mazur (1928-2015) was a pioneer and leading figure in the world of cryobiology for over 50 years. He was a founding member of the Society for Cryobiology and served as President from 1973-1974. He served numerous terms as Governor and was active at board meeting even while not in office (no one argued with Peter!). He was also a member of the editorial board from 1967 until his death.

Close friends and colleagues of Peter's, Fritz Kleinhans and David Pegg, wrote a touching obituary which was published in the April 2016 issue of Cryobiology. The obituary, along with photos and details of Peter's most important research can all be found on the memorial website.  

New Member Welcome

Since our March quarter newsletter the society has welcomed 26 new student and individual members from around the world and one new institutional member, The Biobank of Picardie

Welcome to the Society for Cryobiology! 

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Do you have what it takes to govern the Society for Cryobiology?  

Nominations are now open for the following posts:

  • President-Elect (2018-2019)
  • Secretary (2018-2019)
  • Treasurer (2018-2019)
  • 3 Governors (2018-2020)

As part of the Society's move to a more open and transparent system of election and governance, the Board of Governors is now inviting nominations from all Society members in good standing for the officer and governor posts detailed above.

To declare your candidacy please email a detailed biography and candidate statement outlining your vision for the Society to Nicole Evans by August 1, 2017.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the roles and their responsibilities please don't hesitate to contact me at [email protected]

Please note all nominations are subject to final approval by the nominations committee. This does not affect your right to nomination by petition as outlined in the society's bylaws